Departures Podcast with Sean McFate

The United States spends trillions on its military, but are we really achieving stronger national security? Not really, says Sean McFate, the author of The New Rules of War, an incisive exploration of what it takes to win today’s wars. In his conversation with host Robert Amsterdam, McFate argues that the US has become obsessed with […]

Departures Podcast with Jeffrey Smith

There are a lot of pundits out there declaring democracy promotion to be dead on arrival in the Trump era. But there’s still an important community of activists fighting for the cause against the odds and even winning. “Democracy matters and democratic leadership matters, even in the face of a fast-moving crisis like the coronavirus,” […]

Departures Podcast with Stephen Krasner

If engineering democracy abroad is next to impossible, and autocrats will not accept reforms that could cause them to lose power, how can the US engage with illiberal regimes without enabling them? This question is at the center of Dr. Stephen Krasner’s most recent book, How to Make Love to a Despot: An Alternative Foreign […]

Departures Podcast with Kim Dotcom

In just a few short months, the global coronavirus crisis has already shown its power to reshape the world, as many professionals shift to working from home (some permanently), and as we watch how technology plays a larger and larger role in our day to day lives. One party that benefits greatly from this trend? […]

Departures Podcast with Joshua Yaffa

Is it better to fight an authoritarian government and lose, or work with that government and survive to fight another day? In this latest episode of Departures, Bob interviews Joshua Yaffa, Moscow Correspondent for the New Yorker and author of Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia, about the mentalities of the people who brought […]

Departures Podcast with Angela Stent

On the latest episode of Departures, Robert Amsterdam speaks with Professor Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and a professor at Georgetown University about her book, “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest.” In her book, Stent examines Russia’s long-troubled relationship with the West, while […]

Departures Podcast with Peter Greenberg

I was especially looking forward to recording this episode of Departures with my friend Peter Greenberg, who is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and travel editor for CBS News that you may recognize from shows such as The Early Show or his earlier tours of duty on NBC and Good Morning America. As many of you […]

Departures Podcast with Brian Greenspan

Brian Greenspan is highly regarded as one of Canada’s foremost criminal law practitioners, having represented a wide variety of celebrities to some of the country’s top business groups. In this conversation with Departures host Robert Amsterdam, Greenspan shares his views on a diverse range of issues, including how he sees rule of law and criminal […]

Departures Podcast with Alexander Cooley and Daniel Nexon

Taking a look around the pundit arena, it’s no longer really a question of whether or not the US is losing its influence on the global stage – it’s more a question of how quickly and deeply it is happening. This changing of the guard at global leadership of course does not have any presumed […]

Departures Podcast with Stephen Walt

A conversation about how the failure of America’s foreign policy hubris has been a gift to rising powers like China and Russia.